Solutions for Success: Visiontron Helps Facilities Maintain ADA Compliance with Retracta-Belt Product Line
At the core of this industry and the essence of the products designed within it is the idea that maintaining safety is, and always should be, a priority for public venues and events. When we implement Retracta-Belt posts for queuing systems, they provide organization and efficient line flow. Organizations need this to optimize their operations, but also to provide safety to their clientele. When we implement VIP Posts and Ropes for red carpet events, they provide an aesthetically pleasing barrier between the entrants and the crowd, providing for control and safety at an event. Visiontron has done a great job creating value-adding features to its line of products, including the Post N Panel Systems, Impulse Bowls, and Umbrella Bag Stands. Still, at the heart of all of these products is the core product line and the notion that safety is a must for any organization with an open door to the public and/or its paying clientele.
The idea of safety is a constant, and to many degrees, at any public venue. As a venue manager, either within the organization or as a third party entity, one must always be attentive to the ability to provide safety for every person that enters the facility, whether customer/visitor or employee. Providing safety enables people to enjoy your organization without fear or determent. Failure to ensure that the safety of your employees or visitors can, and eventually will, lead to fewer people willing to work for you and visit you. Another bad consequence for your facility is that you may face fines, lawsuits, and other liabilities for not providing safety at your venue.
In most industries, there are organizations and regulations that guide venue managers towards the best practices in safety. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a statute that transcends industries. The goal and enforcement of the act is to ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunities for employment, economic self-sufficiency, and other aspects such as the ability to visit public places and venues with no hindrances to access or passage.
If you are or have been in a role of Guest Services, Facilities, or Operations at your organization, then you are aware of the ADA and ADA Compliance for your facility. Our Stanchion Team has worked with numerous organizations to help them remain ADA Compliant while also achieving their queuing, security, marketing, and other "crowd control" goals. For specific questions about ADA Compliance and your organization, please contact our Stanchion Team at 844-831-8400 or email us at email@example.com
For quick reference, check out the Americans with Disabilities Act website (ADA.gov) and read the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The 2010 Standards are your most recent guidelines for how to maintain an ADA Compliant facility, providing convenience for all of your customers, and keeping your organization safe. Below, we feature some of the most common products that people implement to maintain ADA Compliance at their facilities.
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design:
Visiontron and Advanced Stanchions' ADA-Compliant-Ready Solutions:
There are many specifications for ADA Compliance and for those that are related to stanchions, posts, ropes, and the various equipment provided by our industry, there are numerous ways to adhere to the guidelines of the ADA. One of the most applicable regulations is "Where a sign or other obstruction is mounted between posts or pylons and the clear distance between the posts or pylons is greater than 12 inches (305 mm), the lowest edge of such sign or obstruction shall be 27 inches (685 mm) maximum or 80 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground." (Section 307.3 pertaining to Limits of Protruding Objects)
This particular rule applies to many aspects of a facility, and various products and services not related to our industry. However, it does apply to your crowd control equipment in that if you intend on using post and rope or, more commonly, retractable belt barriers, then you must ensure that maximum distance from the lowest edge of the belt (identified as obstruction) is 27 inches from the surface of the floor. For this usage, the Visiontron Retracta-Belt product line has:
Retracta-Belt Display Posts
Visiontron Display Posts are an effective way to block off works of art, displays, or other exhibits at a facility. Readily available in 10' or 15' increments (shown above, respectively), these provide the same versatility of the Retracta-Belt product line with the height requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards. The belts on the posts have a height of 2", providing you with a height of 21" off the surface of the floor and not obstructing the view of the display with a higher belt barrier.
Dual Line Retracta-Belt Posts
The Dual Line Retracta-Belt is a great ADA Compliant solution for queuing, security, concessions, and other traditional retractable belt barrier and stanchion applications. The Dual Line is manufactured with the same functionality of a Retracta-Belt Premium Single Line Post, but with the added ADA-Compliant bottom belt. The distance from the lowest point of the lowest belt to the surface of the ground is 19.75", well within the 27" requirements of the ADA.
Post N Panel Systems
Not only will Visiontron's Post N Panel Systems improve the value of the equipment at your facility, they are also ADA Compliant. Our standard panels are available in three different designs and many sizes and materials within each design. Our standard panel heights range from 24" - 66" (for 6' Retracta-Belt). In an case, the distance from the lowest point of the panels to the surface of the floor will always be less than the 27" requirement.
The above information is a great starting point for your next project or renovation to ensure that you adhere to ADA Compliance. For more information about the ADA or the 2010 Standards, we recommend checking out ADA.gov or contacting the ADA for your industry-specific questions or needs. For more information about our ADA Compliant Products or any custom solutions we can provide for your needs, please contact our Stanchion Team at 844-831-8400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.